By Wayne Homren for The E-Sylum eNewsletter….

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter.

Some Hawaiian Medals and Tokens

Lots 1745-1750 of the Goldberg January 25-28, 2015 Pre Long Beach sale also caught my interest – a group of Hawaiian items, including Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society medals. I’d never seen these, and any Hawaiian numismatic item is interesting to me. -Wayne Homren, Editor

Lot 1745: Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society Silver Medal

Royal Hawaiian Agricultural  Society silver medal.Hawaii. Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society Silver Medal. Choice Uncirculated. Engraved on the reverse: “Premium for the Best Exhibited Imported Jersey Cow H. R. Macfarlane”. 64 mm, 128.4 g, plain edge. Beautiful toning on both sides, and the obverse bears semi-reflective surface. Housed in the original wooden box as issued.

H. R. Macfarlane was the founder of Hawaiian Drayage and Supply Company (Foreign Office & Executive archive series 401 box 1 folder 3 document #34). He initially imported a Jersey cow from California in 1882, then in 1883 he imported a Jersey bull to breed (Planter’s Monthly Volume V, 1886), and that was how he earned this medal. Besides Jersey cows, he was also very successful in importing Durham bulls and cows to Hawaii from California and New Zealand.

The Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society Medal is a silver medal issued by the Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society, active in the Kingdom of Hawaii from the 1850s on. The Society presented the medal annually to the best in each category of a juried exhibition of Hawaiian agricultural products. The earlier 1850-dated medals were produced at the United States Mint, while those carrying the 1882 issue date were struck in England, according the the Medcalf-Russell reference book on these. The number of specimens minted is unknown.

The obverse includes symbols of agricultural enterprise in the Hawaiian Islands — sugar and coffee — and implements and vehicles of trade — the plow and tall ships; the eastern sun is rising in the background, with a palm to the left and royal crown above all. The inscription around the edge reads “Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society. Established A.D. 1882.” The reverse has a wreath surrounded by the inscription “Premium for the best exhibited” with a center field for prize category and awardee’s name. The medal was engraved by Francis N. Mitchell.

Estimated Value: $8,000 – 10,000.

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 1745 of 4680: Hawaii. Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society Silver Medal. UNC.

 

Lot 1747: 1883 Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society Bronze Medal

Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society bronze medalTo read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 1747 of 4680: Hawaii. 1883 Royal Hawaiian Agricultural Society Bronze Medal. UNC.

 

Lot 1750: 1891 Hawaii Kahului Railroad Plantation Token

Hawaii Kahului Railroad Plantation TokenHawaii. 1891 Hawaii, Plantation Token – Kahului Railroad 25 cents. PCGS-graded About Uncirculated, Details, Environmental Damage. Struck in brass, 27 mm. An interesting Red Book type token, and slightly rarer than smaller denominations. The Kahului Railroad Co. Ltd was incorporated in July 1881, as the first and also the last railroad in the Kingdom of Hawaii, the company was firstly registered under the name of The Kahului and Wailuku Railroad. In 1884, it was sold to Wilder Steamship Co. and the new passenger cars were put into service in 1889. In 1891, a series of tokens of 10, 15, 20, 25, 35, and 75 cents were issued. The railroad operated until 1966. Estimated Value $3,000 – 3,500.

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 1750 of 4680: Hawaii. 1891 Hawaii, Plantation Token – Kahului Railroad 25 cents. PCGS AU.

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